I recently saw our grunge buddy Eddie Vedder on the Larry King show the other night. He was with one of the Dixie Chicks discussing a redneck miss-trial in the southern states. A little to USA and Political for this website – but the guest are musical and artistic. Edward Vedder is the lead singer and founder of the band Pearl Jam. That was one big band for the 90’s and early 2000. Industry stats will not show just how big this band was in the day. The grunge movement needed a leader of sorts and it came big time via Pearl Jam. The most interesting thing recently mentioned in the news by other musicians was that the grunge bands took complete control of everything they did. These bands took no slack from anybody and started to align themselves with environmental and social issues. They played where they wanted and when. Eddie Vedder completely carved the path for the grunge movement. The last group of characters to ‘run the show’ sort of speak was the Rat Pack. 40 years later it was the Grunge Bands. It’ll probably be another 40 years before another group does the same.
I saw Pearl Jam in the Town Pump in Vancouver, B.C locating in the famous Gastown district. This was a typical venue for most of the early grunge bands and many performed at the Town Pump. A small room smelling like a damp bar cloth with a couple hundred people cramped under a low ceiling drinking warm draft beer with good friends watching Pearl Jam sing just like this video – lovely. Unfortunately the Town Pump is no longer.
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